Friday, September 30, 2011

The Outlaw's Lady - Laurie Kingery

Summary from the back of the book:

She challenged his faith...
and stole his heart

Rebellious rancher's
daughter Tess Hennessy seeks adventure--
and that's what she gets when she's abducted
to chronicle the Delgado gang's exploits!
Yet her kidnapper, gang member Sandoval Parrish,
isn't what she expected.
There's more to the mysterious outlaw than he shows
--signs of gentleness and devotion that soften
Tess's heart.

Sandoval has one goal--retribution for the sister
Delgado ruined. He hasn't the time to fall for
the stubborn, beautiful photographer whose
pictures he needs as evidence.
But what can Sandoval do when his plan
puts Tess in danger? Torn between the drive
for revenge and a new-found love, Sandoval
will need his renewed faith to resolve the past...
and claim the future.

"Laurie Kingery brings
the west to delicious life in her
latest Steeple Hill historical!
THE OUTLAW'S LADY blends adventure,
faith, and a rich sense of place
in the story of Tess, a frontier photographer,
and Sandoval, a mysterious,
irresistible man who may be a villain—or
the love of her life. A wonderful read!"

I've realized I've only read historicals! I like modern times romances too!
Okay let me start off by saying I usually read about 2-3 chapters of the book before I go to bed, depending on how long the chapters are. Well with this book not the case! I just finished the book last night reading till 2:00 AM! It was SO good! Laurie Kingery KNOWS how to write! I felt like I was standing right next to Tess seeing and feeling everything she was! And I've always liked books where the main girl isn't some prissy, swooning ninny! Tess DEFINITELY has a back bone! And I LOVED Sandoval! The mysterious dark stranger type always catches my fancy! LOL I mean what girl wouldn't like a dark handsome "bad boy"? :P

Emily's Rating of This Book:

My next book will be His Holiday Bride by Jillian Hart.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


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The Apothecary's Daughter - Julie Klassen

Lilly Haswell remembers everything—whether
she wants to, or not....
As Lilly toils in her father's apothecary,
preparing herbs and remedies by rote,
she is haunted by memories of her mother's
disappearance. Villagers whisper the tale,
but her father refuses to discuss it.
All the while, she dreams of the world
beyond—of travel and adventure and romance.

When a relative offers to host her in London,
Lilly discovers the pleasures and pitfalls
of fashionable society and suitors,
as well as clues about her mother.
But will Lilly find what she is searching
for—the truth of the past and a
love for the future?

Blending romance, family drama,
and fascinating historical detail,
The Apothecary's Daughter is a novel
to savor and share.

Okay so I've only read one book of Julie Klassen and loved it. So I thought I'd check out another one of her books. I read the description of this book and thought what the hay? And I've ALWAYS loved books that included medicinal anything! I've always been interested in that field. When I started reading I was instantly hooked. I loved reading about all the different herbs they used. (Well cause my mom does herbs. And I knew most of them :D)
This book had suspense, humor, and the always appreciated love triangle or love square whatever you'd like to call it! I love reading those cause it adds humor all it's self! Throughout the book I was rooting for one specific guy (I won't mention names I'll just let y'all choose.) The back and forth Lilly was doing in choosing which guy she liked was a bit annoying, I always hate when girls do that, but all in all I LOVED the book. I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction with a bit of drama mixed in.

Emily's Rating of this book:

The next book I'll be doing is The Outlaw's Lady by Laurie Kingery.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Sheriff's Sweetheart - Laurie Kingery

Summary from the back of the book:

He needs to turn his life around…

And Simpson Creek, Texas,
is the perfect place to do it.
On the run from his dangerous past,
Sam Bishop is happy to find a town seeking
"marriage-minded bachelors."
A wealthy wife is just what he needs
to make his gambling problems disappear.
But when Prissy Gilmore catches Sam's eye,
she proves to be much more than a rich match.
Sam wants to deserve her,
wants to become sheriff and protect
her hometown—wants to be the man she
believes him to be. Yet the true test is waiting,
when his past returns to challenge his future.

Okay, so I've liked EVERY single book by Laurie Kingery. Well this one I don't know it just didn't do it for me. I liked it but I didn't LOVE it. It was the typical boy has a bad past, boy meets good girl, girl changes the boy to good. Pretty much the plot. What I did like was she incorporated the girls in the past previous books Milly and Sarah. You got to read Milly and Sarah's stories continue. I'm hoping the next book in the series will be better. I don't know as of now what girl in the Spinster's Club it will be.

I give this book a solid four stars.

My next book will be another Julies Klassen, The Apothecary's Daughter.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

That Certain Spark - Cathy Marie Hake

Summary on the back of the book:

Gooding, Texas, is about to gain a double blessing--
a veterinarian and a doctor.
But when siblings Enoch and Taylor Bestman arrive,
the discovery that the long-awaited doctor is in
fact a woman has the town up in arms.
Karl Van der Vort is no exception,
though he becomes Taylor's first patient...
against his will.

Karl finds he can't deny Taylor's doctoring skills,
but he also can't come to terms with her unladylike
occupation. Taylor, on the other hand,
wants only to prove that doctoring is her
life's calling, despite the town's opposition.
But when her practice--and Taylor herself--
are threatened, Karl's protectiveness flares
into a different emotion altogether.


Okay I've read some of Cathy Marie Hake's books. I'm going to be honest, I did not like her books as much as other authors. Although when I read the description of this book I decided to read it. I was skeptical on it cause I did not enjoy her books as good as others. But I LOVED it! It had me laughing in the first chapter! The quarrels between Taylor and her twin brother Enoch was HILARIOUS! Then she has quarrels with Karl just made it even better! I guarantee you'll laugh too! I give this book a definite 5 stars!

The next book I'll be reading is The Sheriff's Sweetheart by Laurie Kingery. And yes I'll be doing a lot of her books cause I'm currently reading through her Brides of Simpson Creek series.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Girl In The Gatehouse - Julie Klassen

First off I will say I LOVED the book! I've always loved everything Jane, Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. And this book is very Jane Austenish. I was a bit wary to read it cause I am a huge fan of Jane Austen, and everyone I asked said the book was very like the AMAZING works of Jane Austen. I thought no one could possibly be as good as Jane Austen. Well I was wrong! Julie Klassen wrote this book with superb authenticity to Jane Austen. She would have made Jane Austen proud with this book. It's laced with mystery, slight humor, romance, wit, and most importantly to make a great book, scandal!

Summary of the book:
Miss Mariah Aubrey, banished after a scandal,
hides herself away in a long-abandoned gatehouse
on the far edge of a distant relative's estate.
There, she supports herself and her loyal servant
the only way she knows how--by writing novels
in secret.

Captain Matthew Bryant,
returning to England successful and wealthy
after the Napoleonic wars,
leases an impressive estate from a cash-poor
nobleman, determined to show the society beauty
who once rejected him what a colossal mistake
she made. When he discovers an old gatehouse
on the property, he is immediately intrigued
by its striking young inhabitant and sets out
to uncover her identity, and her past.
But the more he learns about her,
the more he realizes he must distance himself.
Falling in love with an outcast would ruin his
well-laid plans.

The old gatehouse holds secrets of its own.
Can Mariah and Captain Bryant uncover
them before the cunning heir to the estate
buries them forever?

Definitely if you are a fan of Jane Austen I'd recommend this book!

The next book I'm doing is That Certain Spark by Cathy Marie Hake.

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Doctor Takes A Wife - Laurie Kingery

I don't know about you but I love a good historical romance! This book definitely peeked my interest when I read the first book in the series Mail Order Cowboy.

Then I found out that she wrote another book in the series! I loved Sarah Matthews in Mail Order Cowboy, and I saw that this one was Sarah's love story I jumped at the chance to read it.

Summary from the back of the book.

Why did the new doctor in Simpson Creek
have to be a Yankee? Sarah Matthews can see
that Nolan Walker is a good man—and a handsome one.
But she can't return his affection.
Not with so much bitterness from the war fresh
in her memory.

Yet when the town is struck by a deadly influenza
epidemic, it's Nolan who battles to save
Sarah's life. And when a shadow from the
past returns, the time arrives for Sarah
to decide if she's finally ready to utter
the words her doctor longs to hear—"I do."

The series is called Brides of Simpson Creek and if you like Christian Historical Romances this series you should definitely read. It's got romance (obviously), humor and suspense! I would recommend this book for people who love Christian Historical Romances. I give this book a definite 5 stars!

Next book I'll be reviewing is The Girl In The Gatehouse by Julie Klassen.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Lightkeepers Ball - Colleen Coble

I read the other books in this series, Lightkeeper's Daughter

and Lightkeeper's Bride.

and I LOVED them.

This is the summary of the book on the back of the book.
Olivia Stewart's family is one of the Four Hundred-the highest echelon of society in 1910. When her sister dies under mysterious circumstances, Olivia leaves their New York City home for Mercy Falls, California, to determine what befell Eleanor. She suspects Harrison Bennett, the man Eleanor planned to marry. But the more Olivia gets to know him, the more she doubts his guilt-and the more she is drawn to him herself.When several attempts are made on her life, Olivia turns to Harrison for help.He takes her on a ride in his aeroplane, but then crashes, and they're forced to spend two days alone together. With her reputation hanging by a thread, Harrison offers to marry her to make the situation right. As a charity ball to rebuild the Mercy Falls lighthouse draws near, she realizes she wants more than a sham engagement-she wants Harrison in her life forever. But her enemy plans to shatter the happiness she is ready to grasp. If Olivia dares to drop her masquerade, she just might see the path to true happiness.

I've recently been introduced to Colleen Coble. She intertwines mystery,romance, suspense, humor all in one AWESOME book. I'd definitely recommend her books. This is her first historical fiction series.

My next book will be a Love Inspired Historical Romance. The Doctor Takes A Wife by Laurie Kingery.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Book Ratings!

I've decided I will start a blog that I will talk about the books as I read them. So as I finish the books I will rate them and tell you what I think. My first one will be the Light keepers Ball by Colleen Coble. I am currently reading it so the next post will be my thoughts on the book.